The Red Hunter
What is the difference between justice and revenge?
Claudia Bishop’s perfect life fell apart when the aftermath of a brutal assault left her with a crumbling marriage, a newborn daughter, and a constant sense of anxiety about the world around her. Now, looking for a fresh start with a home restoration project and growing blog, Claudia takes on a crumbling old house—one that unbeknownst to her has an ugly history and may hide long buried secrets.
For Zoey Drake the defining moment of her childhood was the horrific murder of her parents. Years later, she has embraced the rage that fuels her. Training in the martial arts has made her strong and ready to face the demons from the past—and within.
Strangers to each other, and walking very different paths in the wake of trauma, these two women are on a collision course—because Zoey’s past nightmare and Claudia’s dreams for her future take place in the very same house. As Zoey seeks justice, and Claudia seeks peace, both will confront the terrifying monsters at the door.
There’s nothing about me that you would ever notice. I am neither especially thin, nor overweight. My face will not be one you remember. With dark eyes and pale skin, hair the color of straw, cheeks round and just rosy enough that you won’t wonder if I’m ill, I will blend into the sea of other plain faces you saw before and after as you went about your day. Nothing about my clothes will capture your notice. No brands that incite jealousy, or anything revealing, no stains, maybe just wrinkled or worn enough that you’ll dismiss me as someone without much money, though not poor enough to be in need. If I’m wearing a uniform, I don’t even exist. I am the checkout clerk at the grocery store, or the maid that cleans your hotel room, the girl who answered the phone, or the young lady at the information desk. No, you would say later, you can’t recall her name or what she looked like, not really. The truth is you don’t see me; your eyes glance over me, never coming to rest. But I see you…
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Honors and Awards
- "70 Thrillers to Read in a Lifetime" selection along with Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, Paula Hawkin's The Girl on The Train, Dennis Lehane's Mystic River and Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code on BookBub.
- The New School Summer Reading Selection
- Booklist 2017 Hotlist Pick
- Library Journal 2017 Key Thriller
Praise for THE RED HUNTER
"Unger brings her trademark of intense suspense, believable characters and sharp plotting to THE RED HUNTER...a frightening and gripping tale."
"THE RED HUNTER succeeds as a suspense novel on every level. It has a meticulously-woven plot, multi-layered characters, and the irony most desired by storytellers: Where the reader can’t wait to see how it ends, but then is remorseful when it does."
—Sandra Brown, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Lisa Unger is a go to author for compelling characters that draw me in to their world and hold me there in suspense to the last page."
—Tami Hoag, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"One of the best crime novels I've read in years. THE RED HUNTER is bold and gritty but with real heart. Unger writes as only the best do, with passion and authenticity."
—Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author of Robert B. Parker's Slow Burn and The Innocents
"Gripping new psychological thriller...Unger is a master."
—Tampa Bay Times
"Unger is definitely in my Top Ten of writers I watch the shelves for."
—Raleigh News & Observer
"Unger knows how to write gripping suspense while also delving deep into her characters’ minds."
“I can’t come up with a single reason why anyone who loves a mystery, thriller, or just a plain good novel shouldn’t read THE RED HUNTER…Unger’s writing style really shines through her character development and attention to detail. She has an uncanny ability to weave a twisty plot line, which makes this a fast-paced, tension-filled read.”
—The Free Lance–Star
"Unger cranks up the suspense in THE RED HUNTER...Confronting monsters we all fear, Unger expertly weaves these tales into a thrilling finale with a unexpected twist."
"Heart-stopping thriller...Unger's theme of empowerment concerning identity and self-determination will resonate with many."
"Unger’s knack for blending encroaching danger with complex relationship themes is as sharp as ever here, as she creates characters facing the tangle of betrayals and mistakes that have shaped their identities."
"An intricate story with plenty of action and a brisk pace...absorbing...All twisty and turny and the things this genre should be."
“I don’t know of another writer working today who brings us characters with such precisely rendered emotional complications…This is memorable writing.”
"Keeps the reader guessing as she builds suspense while bringing the monsters of the past and future together. "
—LitHub (Lisa Levy)